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Oct 23, 2014

EU names coordinator to step up response to Ebola

BRUSSELS, Oct 23 (Reuters) – The European Union appointed a
coordinator on Thursday to lead its drive to fight Ebola in West
Africa following criticism that European efforts so far to
contain the world’s worst recorded outbreak of the disease have
been inadequate.

Christos Stylianides, who takes over on Nov. 1 as the EU’s
commissioner for humanitarian affairs and crisis management,
will also be the 28-nation bloc’s point man on Ebola.

Oct 21, 2014

EU targets ministers, UAE firm in latest Syria sanctions

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union imposed sanctions on Tuesday on 12 Syrian government ministers, two senior military figures and a United Arab Emirates company it accused of helping supply oil to Syria.

The moves were part of a gradual tightening of EU sanctions against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has clung to power despite a three-year-old civil war in which close to 200,000 people have been killed.

Oct 17, 2014

EU reaches accord with U.S. on Ebola air evacuations

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union said on Friday it had reached an agreement with the United States to use a U.S. firm’s air ambulances to evacuate European doctors or nurses from West Africa if they caught Ebola.

The agreement is one of a range of measures the EU is working on to try to encourage more European healthcare workers to go and care for sick people in Ebola-hit countries of West Africa by reassuring them they would quickly be evacuated for treatment in European hospitals if they contracted the disease.

Oct 16, 2014

EU disagrees on need for Ebola screening at Europe’s airports

BRUSSELS, Oct 16 (Reuters) – European Union health ministers
agreed on Thursday to try to improve the systems put in place by
West African nations to screen departing passengers for Ebola,
but disagreed on the need to check travellers arriving in their
own countries.

Ministers met in Brussels to discuss ways to strengthen
Europe’s defences against a disease that has killed around 4,500
people in West Africa in the latest outbreak, the worst on

Oct 1, 2014

New NATO leader offers olive branch to Russia

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO’s new leader offered an olive branch to Russia on Wednesday, saying he saw no contradiction between a strong alliance and building a constructive relationship with Moscow.

Former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, who took over on Wednesday as NATO secretary-general, struck a more conciliatory tone towards Moscow than his Danish predecessor Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

Sep 30, 2014

EU keeps Russia sanctions in place, sees ‘encouraging’ signs

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union decided on Tuesday to keep in place a package of economic sanctions against Russia over its support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine despite what it called “encouraging developments” on the ground after a ceasefire deal.

The 28-nation EU has imposed sanctions on Russia’s finance, defence and energy sectors and has frozen the assets of some 140 Russian and Ukrainian individuals and companies over Moscow’s role in Ukraine.

Sep 30, 2014

EU says Luxembourg tax accord with Fiat may be illegal state aid

BRUSSELS, Sept 30 (Reuters) – A tax concession that
Luxembourg authorities granted to a subsidiary of Italian car
maker Fiat may constitute illegal state aid, the
European Commission said on Tuesday.

A 33-page letter to the Luxembourg government from EU
Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia sets out the
Commission’s reasons for investigating further a 2012 decision
by Luxembourg authorities to approve a transfer pricing
arrangement by Fiat Finance and Trade Ltd, which lends money to
other Fiat companies.

Sep 29, 2014

EU watchdog to give detail on Apple and Fiat tax investigations

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union regulators will provide more details on Tuesday of their reasons for launching in-depth inquiries into tax arrangements reached by Ireland with Apple and by Luxembourg with a Fiat subsidiary.

The European Commission has launched a similar investigation into the Dutch government’s tax treatment of Starbucks, but details of that will be published later, Antoine Colombani, spokesman for European Union Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia, told reporters.

Sep 28, 2014

U.S. trade pact in spotlight as new EU Commission faces grilling

BRUSSELS, Sept 29 (Reuters) – The European Union’s likely
next trade chief will face tough questions about how she would
handle free trade negotiations with the United States when
confirmation hearings for the new European Commission open on

Sweden’s Cecilia Malmstrom will be among the first group of
nominees to former Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude
Juncker’s new European Commission to face scrutiny from the
European Parliament.

Sep 27, 2014

Candidate for top EU post stumbles into trade minefield

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union’s trade commissioner-designate stumbled into a political minefield on Saturday by suggesting she wanted to exclude a controversial investor protection clause from a planned EU-U.S. trade agreement.

A European Commission source said however that the furor was the result of an error in a leaked draft version of testimony by Sweden’s Cecilia Malmstrom that would be corrected in the final version.

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